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OHA names Pezzulo interim CEO

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is naming Chief Operating Office Richard Pezzulo to be its interim CEO after Clyde Namuo retires.

Pezzulo will resume his new duties on Saturday, one day after Namuo retires following a decade of serving as OHA’s top officer.

Pezzulo was previously OHA’s chief financial officer.

Separately, OHA said Thursday the agency will again provide money to support Hawaiian-focused charter schools.

OHA’s Board of Directors on Thursday approved a $1.5 million grant to Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana for the current school year. The funds will supplement the budgets of 17 Hawaiian-focused public charter schools run by independent organizations.

The charter schools altogether enroll about 4,000 students. Ninety-one percent of the students are of Hawaiian ancestry.

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